ANN and Nancy Wilson, figureheads of this classic rock band set up in the early Seventies, are the archetypal rock chicks and it’s great to see after so long and a six-year break they have lost none of their throat‑damaging, ear-splitting ways on this return to top form. A mix of thrashing guitar throwdowns and gentler ballads (nothing too soppy, naturally), this is a collection of proper grown-up songs, best enjoyed with a bottle of beer and leather trousers.
Verdict: 3 stars.
Marvel at SHOPNBC (New picture!) They’ve added a couple of cool things to their deal: bonus CD! Shirt! And do I see a poster or is that part of the standard CD booklet?
Thanx to GW
Heart to Pre-Release New Album “Red Velvet Car” on ShopNBC August 29
Live network appearance to include in-studio acoustic performance at 2pm ET
Minneapolis, MN – Tuesday, August 24 – ShopNBC, the premium lifestyle brand in multi-media retailing, announced today that best-selling musical group Heart will pre-release their first new studio album in six years, Red Velvet Car, on the network. The album, which will be officially released on August 31 through Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, will be available exclusively to ShopNBC viewers during the band’s live acoustic performance at 2pm ET on Sunday, August 29. As part of the company’s ShopNBC Anywhere initiative, customer can shop and interact via cable and satellite TV; mobile devices; and online at www.ShopNBC.com.
During the hour long pre-release show titled “Heart Live!” on ShopNBC, Ann and Nancy Wilson will perform acoustic renditions of songs off their new album as well as a selection of their greatest hits in front of a live in-studio audience. Included with the pre-release of Heart’s new album, Red Velvet Car, will be a 5-track greatest hits live album, exclusive to ShopNBC, and a vintage Heart t-shirt, which until now has only been available on the Heart website and at live performances. In addition to the live studio performance, customers may also preview clips of the new album online at amazon.com.
Like all Heart albums, Red Velvet Car rocks hard, but also has a deep acoustic side. Nancy Wilson has long been known to play her acoustic guitar with rock ferocity. With this album, an abundance of resonant acoustic instruments (guitars, mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, viola, cello, and autoharp), played by Nancy Wilson and the album’s producer, Ben Mink, are showcased in Heart’s unique style. Nine of the album’s songs were written especially for the album, Red Velvet Car. The album’s closer, “Sand,” is a newly recorded version of a song originally written and recorded by the Lovemongers, Ann and Nancy’s 1990’s acoustic side project.
“We are thrilled to bring internationally known music icon HEART to the ShopNBC network and provide our viewers with a one-of-a-kind shopping experience through this live performance,” said Bob Ayd, ShopNBC’s President. “As a multi-media retailer operating with a premium lifestyle brand, we are highly focused on content, commerce and community to the surprise, delight, and entertainment of our 1 million customers. Establishing a strategic relationship with Sony Music will not only help expand what customers can expect from us, but also open the door for many new and exciting opportunities within the music industry going forward.”
“The arrival of Red Velvet Car, the first new HEART album in six years, is cause for celebration,” said Adam Block, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Legacy Recordings. “We think there’s a great fit here and are excited for Nancy and Ann Wilson to be sharing their new songs live with their fans on this ShopNBC event.”
Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy Wilson, first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the ’70s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda, “Straight On,” “Even It Up,” “Kick It Out” and many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80s and into the ‘90s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of additional hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as both musicians and singers. Along the way, Heart sold more than 30 million records, had 21 top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide, and had a profound influence on rock music.
Tonight Ann & Nancy will be on the Joy Behar show on HLN. 9PM ET. The program was taped a couple of weeks ago. A snippet may be put on her site later today, so international mongers can also get a taste.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Even as rock music struggles to regain its early vitality and creative pulse, Heart isn’t losing heart. After 35 years, the Seattle band that blazed a trail for female rockers refuses to coast or pull over.
Read this article at USATODAY.com
The soundclips are slighty different so there’s new stuff to listen to!